Scots businesses raise £350,000 to support children and families over five years of Dragons’ Glen challenge

Teams from 26 leading Scottish organisations have taken part in Dragons’ Glen since 2012, raising an amazing total of £358,378 for Children 1st, Scotland’s National Children’s Charity. The 2016/17 challenge raised £75,478.

Dragons's Glen winners

Dragons’ Glen teams celebrating raising £358,378 in five years

Dragons’ Glen is Scotland’s entrepreneurial challenge for businesses. The teams were mentored by our Dragons, foremost Scottish business leaders, including: Rob Letham, Finance Director of People’s Postcode Lottery, Catherine Simpson, Head of Operations for Scottish Equity Partners, and Robert Gibson, Head of Customer Banking for Clydesdale Bank. Their challenge: create a product and establish a business using £500 seed funding from Children 1st. The goal: generate the most profit for the charity as possible in just five months.

This year, Dragons’ Glen culminated with the Awards Ceremony on 27 April at Trinity Hall, Aberdeen. Bob Keiller, renowned Scottish entrepreneur and Chairman of Scottish Enterprise, was the guest speaker. Maureen Watt, MSP and Minister for Mental Health, also attended and addressed the audience.

A team of employees from SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy) won the competition by raising £11,774.94. Their storybook, Keeping the Lights On, teaches children about power generation and highlights STEM learning. Other award winners include: Runner Up – RSM, Most Future Promise – EY and Most Innovative – University of Edinburgh Business School.

2017 winning Dragons' Glen team, SSE

Winning team, SSE Dragon Tamers, who raised £11,774.94
L to R: Johnathon Beveridge, Caitlin McGill, Angelos Alexandropoulos, Nicol Miller and Duncan Skinner (Dragon and presenter)

Children 1st Board Chair, Ken Cunningham, also honoured businesses that had raised more than £25,000 over five years of the competition. These include: Thorntons Law (£27,000), Simmons & Co (£31,180), Wood Group (£54,487) and SSE (£60,073).

Dragons’ Glen is a unique opportunity for companies to engage employees and support them to develop a range of skills. 100% of participants report an improvement in entrepreneurship and project management.

Burness Paull participant Grant McGregor said: “I felt that taking part in the challenge helped me to improve and strengthen my leadership abilities, communication skills and ability to work as part of a team.”

Dragons’ Glen raises vital funds which go towards supporting the work of Children 1st across Scotland. Children 1st supports families to protect children from abuse and neglect, as well as to help the survivors of abuse and other traumatic events to recover.

Barbara Kidd, Director of Fundraising for Children 1st said: “The total raised by Dragons’ Glen since 2012 is phenomenal and has helped improve the lives of over 10,000 children, young people, parents and carers for each of these five years. We could not do our work without this support.”

The competition continues to grow in popularity and takes part in five cities across Scotland: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. Children 1st is now accepting entries for the 2017-18 challenge, which starts in September.